Youth sells cook­ies to raise funds for con­ser­va­tion park

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SAN­DAKAN: Ah­mad Iszud­din Ah­mad Izham, whose cam­paign to save the leatherback sea tur­tle went vi­ral and caught at­ten­tion of the me­dia, par­tic­i­pated in the Easy Like Sun­day Morn­ing Bazaar yes­ter­day at Ar­mada Ho­tel Petaling Jaya to raise funds for Walai Penyu Con­ser­va­tion Park which is lo­cated at Libaran Is­land in San­dakan.

For the whole month of Oc­to­ber, he has sold his cook­ies, recipe books and Tur­tle My World T-shirts to raise RM270. At the bazaar, he hoped to raise at least an­other RM230 to make an even RM500 for the Con­ser­va­tion Park.

Iszud­din said, "The money may not be a lot, but I be­lieve ev­ery lit­tle sen counts, es­pe­cially when the Con­ser­va­tion Park is on its own with­out any money and help from the gov­ern­ment. So the money I help raise can be used to do more beach clean­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, buy more nets for the nestling ar­eas and just take bet­ter care of the tur­tle eggs."

Alexan­der Yee, pres­i­dent of FOSTER (Friends of Sea Tur­tles Ed­u­ca­tion & Re­search) who op­er­ates the Walai Penyu Con­ser­va­tion Park, hap­pened to be in Kuala Lumpur and dropped by to meet Iszud­din.

In one of his What­sApp chats he had with Iszud­din's mom, Alexan­der said, "That's very no­ble of Iszud­din, I'm glad he has an aware­ness at a young age and I hope he con­tin­ues his ef­forts. It is also my hope that the aware­ness he has cre­ated will en­cour­age many more kids to fol­low on his foot­steps by mak­ing ef­forts to con­serve and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment."

Iszud­din handed a cheque for RM270 to Alexan­der and promised to also help other con­ser­va­tion cen­tres in the coun­try. To date, he has baked over 15,000 cook­ies, sold 200 of his recipe books and spoke at three talks about his mis­sion.

He was also fea­tured in Ke­lab Mickey Mouse Dis­ney Chan­nel Asia on his thoughts about con­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and high­lighted the plight of tur­tles and sea an­i­mals be­ing killed due to trash thrown in the sea by ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple. He was also re­cently se­lected by Sun­way Group as one of the ten WildLife Heroes where he con­trib­utes ideas and sug­ges­tions on the im­por­tance of wild life and na­ture.

Since March 2017, with the help, sup­port and con­tri­bu­tion of so many peo­ple as far as Swe­den, he has raised RM2,650 and con­trib­uted to four tur­tle sanctuaries lo­cated in Tereng­ganu, Pa­hang, Negeri Sem­bi­lan and Sabah.

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